The deceased is excluded from his own burial because he arrived in a chair and not in a coffin
- Che Lewis, 29, was refused entry to his own funeral because his body arrived sitting in a coffin
- The young man and his father Adlay were shot dead on November 14 in their home in Trinidad and Tobago in murders that may have been linked to a land dispute
- Che’s body was filmed sitting next to a large photo of him outside the church
- Some did not recognize him and berated the corpse for not wearing a mask
A deceased man was eventually turned away from his own funeral after his body was brought to church in a chair instead of a coffin.
The mourners made an effort to recognize 29-year-old Che Lewis. Many mistook his body for part of the funeral procession, and some even berated him for not wearing a face mask.
Che, 29, died after he was shot dead on November 14 at his home in the city of Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago.
His father, Adlay Lewis, 54, was also killed in the attack.
Che’s body was filmed as he was driven to the church in a seated position in a roofless hearse for viewers to see.
The bizarre funeral procession passed through the capital of Port of Spain before heading to Diego Martin on November 25th.
A passenger in a vehicle took footage of Che’s body spinning down a street in the open-topped white hearse.
Two men sit on either side of the body.
Che Lewis, 29, was driven to his funeral in the bed of an open-toed hearse. The corpse was later refused entry to the church because she arrived sitting in a coffin
On the way to the funeral, two men sit on either side of the white hearse
The procession and funeral attracted a lot of attention and were even streamed online.
Social media videos show Che’s body in white pants and a pink jacket and tie sitting outside St. John the Evangelist Church while the funeral appears to be taking place inside.
At first, many people were unaware that the seated man was actually the deceased, even though he was cordoned off and sat next to a large photo of himself.
Some thought he was part of the funeral procession, while others berated the body for not wearing a face mask during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The body was taken outside after Che was reportedly denied access to the church by staff.
His father’s body was placed in a coffin for burial.
A video showed Che Lewis’ body in front of St. John the Evangelist Church in Diego Martin town
Che wore white pants, a pink jacket, and a tie. Many people didn’t realize that he was a corpse
Some people reportedly even berated the body for not wearing face covering during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
After the service, the father and son were buried in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery.
Police officer Brent Batson said officers were “disappointed with the reckless behavior of Dennie’s funeral home” – the company that transported Che’s body.
“Carrying people dangerously is a £ 750 criminal offense and the police will continue to investigate the funeral home’s behavior on the street,” he told local media company Trinidad Express.
Che’s brother Abisaja John, 45, was also shot dead at the family home in July of that year.
Police reportedly worked on a theory that the killings could be linked to a land dispute.